Kinology Gets Cannes Buyers on Board Directors’ Fortnight Player ‘Mustang’ (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES — Gregoire Melin’s Paris-based Kinology has closed a raft of sales on Deniz Gamze Erguven’s debut, “Mustang,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight on Tuesday to upbeat reviews.

Beautifully lensed, anchored by genuine performances and universal themes, “Mustang” has lured topnotch arthouse distributors and is set to travel worldwide. Deals have been closed at Cannes for territories including the U.K. (Artificial Eye), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Benelux (Cinéart), Italy (Lucky Red), Portugal (Outsider Films), Greece (Strada Films), Turkey (Kurmaca Film), Israel (Lev Films), Japan (Bitters End), South Korea (Mirovision Inc.), Taiwan (Andrews Film), Hong Kong (First Distributors), ANZ (Madman), Latin America (Cineplex), Poland (Gutek Film),  the former Yugoslavia (2I Film) and Scandinavia (Scanbox Entertainment).

Kinology has also closed a deal with a U.S. distributor following the jam-packed official screening yesterday. The film, another gem discovered by Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop, drew a lengthy standing ovation.

“Though set in Turkey, shot in Turkish, and telling a Turkish story about the demonization of female sexuality, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s beautifully mounted debut, “Mustang,” has an unmistakable West European sensibility,” wrote Variety‘s Jay Weissberg.

Co-written by Erguven and French helmer-scripter Alice Winocour (who has ‘Maryland’ playing Un Certain Regard), “Mustang” sheds light on conservative social mores in Turkey and the struggle of young women experiencing sexuality outside of wedlock and facing family pressures.

“Mustang,” which is produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, could likely land Erguven the Camera d’Or for best directorial debut, according to insiders.

Pic was co-produced by Vistamar Filmproduktion, Uhland Film, BAM Film and Kinology.

Gillibert told Variety that he is on board to produce Erguven’s sophomore outing, which will continue his filmic exploration of contemporary Turkey society.

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